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  • the health insurance need to be looked into too (in 3 reviews)

  • Bad upper management at the time, 2011 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful institution, unfortunately currently leadership stinks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Faculty in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Faculty in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Have worked at CUA for almost 2 decades. CUA is a nice small community with wonderful students, staff, and faculty. Most everyone cares for the institution which is truly a gem amongst DC universities. Beautiful campus. Serene.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the president and upper administration don't really know what they're doing and are really driving the institution into a downward spiral. Times are tough everywhere, but the leadership doesn't really have a clue how to get the institution moving forward. With a little vision and strategic planning, it wouldn't take much to move things in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is about building the institution up and creating vision and executing a plan. After 5 years of being a president, it would seem there's enough time to develop a vision... and a plan. Also, while the rest of the university is going through austerity, it would be nice for the leaders to also take some of the medicine being passed around.


  2. "Not worth the money"

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a post-grad fellow, I enjoyed working for my professor, but it was only a short-lived position, so it really didn't get me too far.

    Cons

    They don't really have much in the way of support once students have graduated and are still struggling to find jobs. I've been out almost four years and still have not found permanent employment.


  3. "Acceptable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location is good. Potential to collaborate with many organization.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Poor student quality.


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  5. "Bad experience, poor management."

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for a student that does not care much about long term and just wants some quick cash. They will hire ANYONE who says they want a job and goes through the interview process.

    Cons

    The management is some of the most lax I have ever seen. Not punishing those who don't show up for shifts, not giving enough hours to those who do. Terrible.


  6. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization if just starting out in the work force.

    Cons

    Very little room for promotional growth. Salary appears to be under that of the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Work place development should be a priority especially in an academic environment.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Misguided Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vacation and sick time; holidays; double matching retirement plan; friendly people; flexible work environment

    Cons

    The University is losing endowment funds, failing to fund raise, and hiking tuition, yet somehow funds poorly guided projects; complete lack of facility upkeep and management (there are condemned buildings on campus); poor leadership and vision from upper leaders; hiring and promotion decisions tend to be based on someones likability versus competence; programs are rarely reviewed for effectiveness or ROI; salaries are grossly low; failed hiring searches left and right

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking along business lines and conduct ROI investigations and evaluate programs critically, and then cut, cut, cut. Beyond position cuts, look at entire schools, departments, and programs that do not bring in money. Work on developing a common vision and face of the university.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Confused and non-strategic administration."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, lovely professors, growing community.

    Cons

    Skill is under-valued; low pay means most competent administrators leave quickly; administration makes very short-sighted and non-strategic decisions, such as eliminating positions but not clearly distributing old responsibilities, leaving the entire school in a lurch. Board of Trustees cares far more about Catholic-ness of the University than the effectiveness of its operations.

    Advice to Management

    Look over the operations of the University and try to make sure your very basic functions are taken care of; articulate your growth strategy clearly to the faculty and administration.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid the Latina bosses in the business school"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I belong to a department that is growing a lot like the school of business and economics, so it's great.

    Cons

    The students and co-workers are very nice. But the Latina professors running the Masters program in economics are doing a poor job and are very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to eliminate bad people managing the programs, even if they have tenure.


  10. "Alright if you are lazy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    plenty of time off. nice campus. great place if you want to sit at the same desk, doing the exact same thing for the next 15 yrs. Free tuition if you desire.

    Cons

    pay not equal to cost of living. very little minorities in upper management. experiencing lay offs at the moment. no growth potential.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Feels like I work in 1963"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catholic University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus; serene setting' good class size; decent work space

    Cons

    Mediocre students who really shouldn't even have gone to college; unwarranted entitlement abounds' failed attempts at diversity; time warp agenda, severe problems are brushed under the rug, highly conservative to the point of oppression; no such thing as academic freedom; I am constantly in fear of saying or doing something that may be perceived as wrong; highly censored environment; old boys network and older staff make negative comments to newer and younger/mid level professionals. Do not work here if you are not conservative in your politics, not white, nor Catholic or come from some level of privilege. You will feel stifled.

    Advice to Management

    If you are truly committed to a diverse workplace, show it. Create an office of multicultural affairs. Hire a chief diversity officer, really make a concerted effort to retain the talent you hire that comes from diverse backgrounds. Support differing views; really allow academic freedom- the students aren't learning when their professors feel censored, and this leads inevitably to attrition - both from faculty, staff and students.


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